Published on: 11 May 2020
British Marine members JPMA (part of Hoylake Sailing School Ltd) and SeaRegs have moved online in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As providers of training and tuition they have created virtual classrooms and learning platforms for people to continue their marine-based learning and development from home.
Blue Davies, Head of Training at British Marine, comments: “This type of development work in course delivery is great to see in times when face-to-face delivery is not possible.”
John Percival Marine Associates (JMPA), which offers training and tuition to superyacht, workboat and Merchant Navy professionals of all levels, have been working with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for the last few weeks, and have been granted accreditation to take their written Small Vessel & Yacht Engineering modules online.
The following courses are now available to book:
- SV 2nd Engineer Auxiliary Equipment I
- SV 2nd Engineer Marine Diesel Engineering
- SV 2nd Engineer Operational Procedures & Basic Hotel Services
- Y3/SV Statutory & Operational Requirements
- SV Auxiliary Equipment II
- SV Applied Marine Engineering
As the courses are running online, there will not be a written exam at the end of the course. The MCA and SQA have looked at every possible way they could offer the exams online, but there is no solution. Written exams will be available as soon as the lockdown regulations are lifted, and JPMA will ensure that each student is able to access the written exam as quickly and simply as possible.
Please visit www.hss.ac.uk for full details on courses.
SeaRegs Training has moved many of their courses online such as RYA Navigation and Radar training, MCA Master Oral Prep for Master 200/OOW500/Boatmaster and the SQA Electronic Chart Systems and Radar.
Vicky Jinks from SeaRegs, comments: “We are all learning to adjust to working in a different way, certain Seafarers are classified as essential workers, whether it’s working in the renewable energy sector, aquaculture or as part of the supply chain. The requirement of mandatory certificates hasn’t changed and SeaRegs Training has reviewed which courses can be delivered online, either as a self-study course or live sessions with an Instructor.”
Qualification Awarding Bodies realise the need for change from traditional methods of classroom-based face to face teaching and are working on solutions, some courses have already been approved in full or part for online delivery and more are in the pipeline.
The SQA has confirmed SeaRegs Training is able to deliver both the Electronic Chart Systems and Use of Radar in Code vessel units online, both these units form part of the training requirements of the Workboat 2 Code. Several MCA and STCW courses may be delivered fully or partly online including the MCA 1-day Stability course for Code Vessels.
Details of courses and dates are available on the SeaRegs Training website: www.searegs.co.uk.
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